Holidays

A New Year

I am happy to report that our humble little Christmas was a success.  The kids looked forward to a daily activity and we did everything from parades to sledding to reading a new book.  The highlight had to be the Santa Train ride.  It was a wonder of antique machinery that was a marvel to the kids.  We got a bonus ride in the caboose when they had to go back and switch trains between rides.  That will be a keepsake memory for sure.

On to the New Year!

Our son was finishing up his last night of the youth meeting as the new year rolled in.  We joined the youth sledding party as a last bit of fun before settling back into school.

That night we had a beautiful time of prayer for our little family.  We gathered together and prayed for one another, ourselves and the coming year.  There was not a dry eye in the room.  We are expecting great things to come .

Welcome to 2016

Holidays, Life

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Sooo… people may think I’m a bit of a grinch but that is absolutely not true.  Here’s the deal : I have a very different take on what Christmas means.  I love the lights and fun, the treats the songs and making merry does my heart good. I am just not a buyer.  Partly because my budget won’t allow it and partly because it makes me irritated and ornery to have the calendar dictate when I give gifts.

Let me clarify on the gifting –  I love to give gifts, just not if they are super costly and have little meaning to the receiver.  I enjoy sending handwritten notes throughout the year for no special reason.  I love sending care packages with homemade items when the mood strikes.  I send a text when I think of someone throughout the day.  That’s my kind of giving.

My kids are used to my eccentric ways and do not really question it.  I let them know before the season if it’s a lean year or a “full” year.  Oddly, they have absolutely no qualms either way.

This year they have purchased gifts for each other and I have one gift a piece squirreled away for them. No single present was more than $10.  Instead of gifting as much I do an “activity advent”.  This has been a fun way to count down the days and truly enjoy each other and the season.  For  each day of December they get to pull a slip of paper (with a pre-written activity on it) out of the envelope and we do what is listed.  Most of these I have made easy to do in a busy day like sing a carol by phone to Grandma.  That way it’s very little prep to squeeze an extra event into our already maxed schedule.  Some are a bit more involved like baking cookies for neighbors.  I gathered ideas from several sites online (don’t remember them all but there are TONS)  This is a fun and low cost way to just BE during the holidays and the gift of beautiful memories will live on forever.